Don't Call People Who do Bad Things 'Mentally Ill'

We are not murderers or rapists.

Posted Mar 15, 2017

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“When people are bad, they should be labeled appropriately and denounced for their behaviors. We shouldn't use mental illness as an excuse to slur someone.” This is psychiatrist Dr. Allen Francis speaking out about why labeling Donald Trump isn’t good for anyone, even Trump.

In this intelligent short radio piece, Dr. Francis addresses something we tend to side step. We live in a society that thinks it's worse to call someone mentally ill than evil. It is easier to accept someone doing bad things because they have a mental illness, than because they are bad.

For the majority of us with mental illness who are not violent (and the majority of us are NOT – if anything we tend to be less so than our supposedly saner counter parts) it makes our recovery and finding our place in community that much more challenging.

I understand the urge to label President Trump. I see the narcissistic qualities like the rest of us. But I ascribe his behavior not to mental illness, but because he chooses to behave in abhorrent ways. To attribute it otherwise relinquishes him from accountability of his actions.

I write comedy about my mental illnesses. And of course, I can't help but write one regarding this. So please don't call President Trump "crazy," it's insulting to us real "crazy" people. And really I'm not kidding. It is.

© Victoria Maxwell